Helen Lehndorf: looking after nature and each other yields a sense of belonging
Nature is often considered a solitary experience, but for Helen Lehndorf, author of A Forager’s Life: Finding my heart and home in nature, it’s a way of connecting with the world around her. Her memoir takes readers back to her rural upbringing in Waitara, New Zealand, where she learned the art of foraging from her parents and neighbours. In this post-pandemic world, where growing your own food and living a simpler life has become a luxury, Lehndorf’s book stands out for its depiction of a way of life that values community and sustainability.
The Power of Nature
Lehndorf’s earliest memory of being alone in nature is at 4 years old, when her father left her near a valley to play while he rode off with his mates. She was alone save for a menacing magpie, and the experience left a powerful impression on her. Despite the fear she felt, Lehndorf remembers being reassured by the elemental support of nature. For Lehndorf, nature is a way of belonging and finding oneself, particularly in times of change and upheaval.
In today’s world, where our relationships are increasingly virtual, nature offers a way of reconnecting with the physical world. Lehndorf believes that it’s never too late to start learning about the natural world. She suggests starting small, with one plant or animal, which may lead to a deeper appreciation of nature.
Intuition and Trust
Lehndorf’s memoir is a testament to the power of intuition and trusting our instincts. Foraging requires us to rely on our senses and to be aware of our surroundings. But it’s not just about foraging. Lehndorf’s book is also about trusting our instincts and connecting with our inner selves. When her second son, Magnus, was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to find her footing. But it was through reconnecting with nature that she found a sense of balance and belonging.
The same holds true for those of us who may feel disconnected from the natural world. Learning to trust our instincts and connecting with our inner selves can lead to a deeper connection with nature.
– Nature offers a way of reconnecting with the physical world and finding peace and balance in our lives.
– Foraging is not just about finding food. It’s also about trusting our instincts and connecting with our inner selves.
– Learning about the natural world can lead to a deeper appreciation of nature and a sense of belonging.
As we navigate an increasingly complex and fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose sight of the natural world around us. But reconnecting with nature can offer us a way of finding balance and meaning in our lives. Whether it’s through foraging, gardening, or simply taking a walk in the woods, nature offers a way of connecting with ourselves and the world around us. As Helen Lehndorf reminds us, looking after nature and each other yields a sense of belonging that is irreplaceable.
Helen Lehndorf’s memoir is a powerful reminder of the ways in which nature can offer us a way of finding ourselves and our place in the world. Her book is also a call to action, urging us to take care of the world around us and to appreciate the simple things in life. In an era where we are increasingly disconnected from the physical world, Lehndorf’s memoir is a beacon of hope, reminding us that nature can offer us a way of finding balance, meaning, and a sense of belonging.